It was a very productive year for members of the pharmacy section
with numerous articles in Neurocritical Care. Theresa Human was
lead author on two research articles on seizure prophylaxis in
SAH (Neurocrit Care (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12028-017-
0440-5) and hyponatremia in acute neurological injury (Neurocrit
Care (2017) 27: 242. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12028-016-0343-x)
and senior author on a study of thromboprophylaxis patterns in
underweight neuro patients (Neurocrit Care (2017) 27: 96. https://
doi.org/10.1007/s12028-016-0373-4). She and Judith Jacobi were
also authors on the NCS Guidelines on Targeted Temperature
Management (Neurocrit Care (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/
s12028-017-0469-5). Gretchen Brophy authored a study
comparing nicardipine to clevidipine in the Neuro ICU (Neurocrit
Care (2017) 26: 167. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12028-016-0349-
4). Sherif Mahmoud reported on the risk of hyponatremia in
SAH patients treated with vasopressin (Neurocrit Care (2017) 26:
182. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12028-016-0300-8). Salia Farrokh
published on drug interactions in the Neuro ICU (Neurocrit Care
(2017) 27: 287. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12028-016-0369-0).
Gabriel Fontaine compared 3-factor and 4-factor PCC in emergent
warfarin-associated ICH (Neurocrit Care (2017). https://doi.
org/10.1007/s12028-017-0374-y). Christine Ahrens reported on
the safety and effectiveness of lacosamide for RSE (Neurocrit Care
(2017) 26: 273. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12028-016-0322-2).
ENLS 3.0 was recently published and included pharmacy authors
Theresa Human and Gretchen Brophy and pharmacy reviewers Jeff
Fong, Eljim Tesoro, and Jeffrey Mucksavage (Neurocrit Care (2017)
27(Suppl 1): 1. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12028-017-0448-x).
NCS Annual Meeting
Over 60 members attended the annual meeting in Waikoloa,
Hawaii, this past October. Pharmacy members were very well
represented in various venues throughout the meeting. “Mahalos”
to Jason Makii, Christopher Morrison, Leslie Hamilton and
Gretchen Brophy who did an amazing job promoting pharmacist
involvement on the Annual Meeting Planning Committee.
Christopher Morrison and Leslie Hamilton provided recent
advances in antibiotic use and neuropharmacology at the Practice
Updates session. Christopher also presented on current medical
options for large hemispheric and cerebellar stroke, and Leslie
shared her expertise on anticoagulant reversal in other sessions.
Gretchen shared her perspective and advice on getting involved
in national organizations at the Future Leaders Forum, which was
attended by a good number of pharmacist members as well. Karen
Berger, Christopher Morrison and Jeffrey Mucksavage delivered
talks at the session on intra-arterial pharmacotherapy. Karen and
Sarah Adriance also spoke on super refractory SE and autoimmune
encephalitis management. Aaron Cook moderated the Guidelines
Update and the Practice Gaps in NCC Pharmacotherapy sessions
while Theresa Human moderated the NICU Outcomes session.
Theresa also participated in Shark Tank Hawaii, defending her
position that prolonged propofol infusions are toxic. Christine
Ahrens spoke on the role of technology in impacting medication
errors. Jason Makii directed another successful Pharmacotherapy
Workshop highlighting the expertise of members Karen Berger,
Chad Condie, Christina Roels, Michael DeGeorgia, Sarah Adriance
and Christina Roels. If you are interested in any of these talks, you
can find them in the on-demand section of the website. Finally,
Jason Makii and Gretchen Brophy participated in the NCS golf
tournament, and the PharmOhana runners raised $575 for the
Run for Research fundraising effort.
Presidential Citations and Awards
The NCS Presidential Citation is an award that recognizes
members who have shown exceptional support and dedication to
NCS and have contributed to the neurocritical care community.
Pharmacy section recipients at the annual meeting included Jason
Makii, Kimberly Levasseur-Franklin, Jeffrey Mucksavage, Mehrnaz
Pajoumand, Salia Farrokh, Christopher Morrison, Aaron Cook and
A final congratulations goes to our new president of NCS,
Gretchen Brophy. As the first pharmacist president, I’m sure we
can expect many great things in the coming year. As you can see,
pharmacy engagement in NCS is very high, and we encourage all
members to get involved in some way. Feel free to contact me if
you have an idea or just want to get started (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Have a great holiday!